Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.
CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced on Wednesday a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials.
Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students Reading Habits – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education9 November 2012
Annually for the past decade, the Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition – describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2012 are:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less
- Mobile Apps
- Tablet Computing
Time to adoption: Two to Three Years
- Game-Based Learning
- Learning Analytics
Time to adoption: Four to Five Years
- Gesture-Based Computing
- Internet of Things
[Source: New Media Consortium]
The open secret in American higher education is that most institutions are unable to measure the quality of their instruction.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]